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October 11, 2004

Mini Espresso Maker


No need to forego your addiction just 'cause you're out camping.

This $14.95 device brews one cup of espresso in 90 seconds, right over your own campfire.

Italian, of course; made of lightweight aluminum and fitted with a finely crafted brass steam pipe.

The tank holds 3 ounces of water and fresh ground coffee.

Weighs 7 ounces.

October 11, 2004 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's finest featherduster


Continuing today's theme centering on design and the home, I bring you this singular object, by English furniture designer David Linley.

It's made with a walnut handle, leather collar, and antistatic ostrich feathers.

Whether or not it's personally signed and numbered by Linley, I cannot say.

You'll just have to ask when you order yours.

$250, but really, cheap at twice the price.

Do your dust motes deserve anything less than the best?

October 11, 2004 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Jewel into Laura Linney


Oh, you don't think so?


Maybe, as Sandy Weill said to Jack Grubman in another context,


you should


take another look.

October 11, 2004 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's most expensive terrariums


They're created by garden designer Paula Hayes.

The one above is made from Leucobryum, Mascarena, Salaginella with black sand, and dogwood sticks.

It's signed and numbered on the bottom by the artist, and costs $10,000.

The art world is now taking notice of Hayes' work, hence the added zeros to what was once a third-grade project.

Could this be "The Bonsai Strikes Back?"

October 11, 2004 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Does he have a brother named 'Ah?'


I've always wondered.

Or maybe it's his middle name.

For a long time, I thought he wasn't a real person, but it appears I was wrong.

October 11, 2004 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Nietzsche's Will to Power Bar


From the website:

Everybody knows Nietzsche [though nobody can spell his name] and his will to power.

Nobody has found a good way to work through the concept practically, until now....

Whether you're going to recreate your world or just get through the day, these will help.

4 bars for $11.

Ten years ago, Stephan Shaw, one of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild founders, sold homemade earrings - depicting both sides of the German reunification debate - in Soho.

This year, the guild expects to gross $1.75 million.


Big oaks from little acorns grow.

October 11, 2004 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Today is It's My Party Day


Tomorrow, October 12, is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day.

Then comes White Cane Safety Day on Thursday the 15th.

But wait - there's more!

October 19 is Evaluate Your Life Day; the 20th is National Brandied Fruit Day.

Then there's Babbling Day on October 21, National Bologna Day on the 24th, and Mule Day on October 26th.

October 29 is Hermit Day, and the month closes out with


National Candy Corn Day on the 30th and Increase Your Psychic Powers Day on the 31st.

In fact, almost every day's a holiday, if you know where to look.

I'd recommend this website.

October 11, 2004 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Eyelighter - Seven of Nine will see you now


For $9.95-$11.95, you can pretend you're on "Star Trek."


This hands-free lighting device, with an earloop of plastic-coated alloy, comes with a white, blue, or red super-bright LED visible up to a mile away.

15 continuous hours of light from the battery supplied, which is user-replaceable.

Excellent for night keyboard work, and much else.

Adjusts vertically


and horizontally.

Squeeze-to-light and on-off switch.

Coexists peacefully with eyeglasses and Bluetooth headsets.

Works under water, unaffected by heat or cold.


bookofjoe caveat: for the right ear only. Left-eared earthlings (U.S. residents only) will please contact an attorney to begin a class-action lawsuit.

[via Kevin Kelly/Cool Tools]

You will note that today's first post is at 9:01 a.m., not 12:01 a.m. as usual.

That's because today begins a new schedule entirely:

Posts will appear - as always, 7 days a week - at one minute after the hours of 9, 10, and 11 a.m., and 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.

It's about time I got a 9-5 job, don't you think?

October 11, 2004 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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